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A Soundtrack for Tod Wodicka's novel ALL SHALL BE WELL...

Tod Wodicka
The list author says: "Music plays an important role in the ALL SHALL BE WELL; AND ALL SHALL BE WELL; AND ALL MANNER OF THINGS SHALL BE WELL: from medieval chant to free-jazz noise skronk. It also played a big role in the writing of the novel. Truth is, I can't read or write or do much of anything without music playing in the background. Or foreground. So, here's a brief look at some music that features in the novel, inspired the novel, or just happened to be playing while I was writing."
All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well
All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well
"My novel.  The story of Burt Hecker."
Ordo Virtutum
Ordo Virtutum
"This is my favorite recording of Hildegard's music.  Without these CDs there would be no novel.  Best of all, it comes complete with a scary, screaming Latin Lucifer!  Essential, stunning stuff."
A Feather on the Breath of God
A Feather on the Breath of God
"Burt Hecker's favorite album of all time.  A quiet classic.  (Though, personally, I prefer Sequentia.)"
Voice of the Blood
Voice of the Blood
"Gory, bloodthirsty chant ... Nah.  Actually, here's not a bad place to start an unhealthy Hildegard obsession if the idea of a screaming Latin Lucifer puts you off.  Intense, almost hysterically calm music."
Kronos Quartet: Early Music (Lachrymae Antigua)
Kronos Quartet: Early Music (Lachrymae Antigua)
"This CD is by the KRONOS QUARTET, not Jack Body.  It's got pieces by John Cage, Guillaume de Machaut, Moondog, Hildegard von Bingen, Perotin, Harry Partch ... it's a new, better past. A reenaction of the highest order."
Machaut: Messe de Notre Dame
Machaut: Messe de Notre Dame
"Machaut - with hiccups.  A Hecker family favorite."
Gothic Music in Bohemia
Gothic Music in Bohemia
""The Bohemians have a stench.  It's macabre.  The women terrify me." - Burt Hecker"
Arvo Pärt: Da pacem
Arvo Pärt: Da pacem
"And can't Arvo himself be pegged as something of a medieval re-enactor?  One of my favorite beards in contemporary classical music.  This recording post-dates the completion of the novel, but I'm sure Burt would approve.  Put it on the headphones: chant like cold water pouring into your ears.  In a good way!"
Gesualdo: Tenebrae
Gesualdo: Tenebrae
"Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613) went on to murder his wife and his wife's lover: gangsta chant!"
Inmost Light
Inmost Light
"Lots of the novel was written with Current 93 egging me on from the background. This music is very important to me.  Honest and out-there - a rare combination.  Soul music."
Liberation
Liberation
"Tristan Hecker's band, The Sound Defenestration Collective, was directly inspired by the music of this band and the Sunburned Hand of the Man.  Gentle, elegiac chaos."
Rare Wood
Rare Wood
"Yo ho ho."
I Said This Is the Son of Nihilism
I Said This Is the Son of Nihilism
"Get past the jawdropping guitar-as-a-wind-tunnel-or-black-hole section, and Mr. Haino gives us some gloriously disembodied, almost medieval-style vocals.  Otherworldy in the same way as Hildegard von Bingen or very-late-period Coltrane or Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol 2.  This is one of the greatest single noises I've ever heard.  Good for writing."
John Wesley Harding
John Wesley Harding
"Kitty Hecker's favorite album.  Ideal for dish-washing."
Space Is the Place
Space Is the Place
"Tristan and Lenka have a poster of this album in their Prague flat.  An inspiration to free jazzers and interstellar re-enactors everywhere."
New Morning
New Morning
"Burt Hecker believes that this album has a particularly sinister cover.  Watch out, kids.  Uncle Zimmerman's watching..."
Bach: Matthaus-Passion (St Matthew Passion) BWV 244 /Bostridge * Selig * Rubens * Scholl * Gura * Henschel * Collegium Vocale * Herreweghe (+CD-Rom)
Bach: Matthaus-Passion (St Matthew Passion) BWV 244 /Bostridge * Selig * Rubens * Scholl * Gura * Henschel * Collegium Vocale * Herreweghe (+CD-Rom)
"One of Kitty Hecker's favorite wild, wigged Europeans.  Mine too."
Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr (CD & DVD)
Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr (CD & DVD)
""Ringo Starr had been more intimate than sex" - Burt Hecker"
The Black Madonna
The Black Madonna
""Ecstatic dancing (...) offers an example of medieval music therapy.  Priestly dancing as an element of the divine service has now completely disappeared from the Christian rite" ... and a damn shame too! Can't get enough of this lately."
Sapphie
Sapphie
"The singular, incredible music of Richard Youngs also accompanied a lot of the writing of the novel.  I think we even had this one playing during the birth of my son.  Apparently did nothing for the pain."
Human Animal
Human Animal
"Oddly calming!"
The Royal Scam
The Royal Scam
"Nicely compliments Wolf Eyes. Well, the cover anyway.  Sort of."
Bile Inferno
Bile Inferno
"Part III of the novel takes place in the Czech Republic, a country I lived in - or a state of mind I was stranded in? - for the better and worse parts of five years.  Beer, bad food, sour faces and ... Iva Bittova.  One of the world's great talents.  This double CD is her masterpiece.  Worth any price you have to pay."
Tales From Topographic Oceans
Tales From Topographic Oceans
"Ja!"